Cherry Point Aquatic Reserve focus of Bellingham forum

People can learn about Cherry Point herring and the risks that increased vessel and rail transportation pose to the Salish Sea during a Saturday, Oct. 25, forum about the Cherry Point Aquatic Reserve.

The event is free and open to the public. It is 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Bellingham Technical College, Building G Room 102A/103B, at 3028 Lindbergh Ave.

The Cherry Point Aquatic Reserve Citizen Stewardship Committee is hosting the event.

The reserve is located north of Bellingham in the Strait of Georgia, near two refineries and an aluminum smelter. Topics being covered during the forum are:

• Vessel and Railway Risk Assessment. Presenters will be Todd Hass of Puget Sound Partnership, John Veentjer of Puget Sound Harbor Safety Committee, and David Byers of the Washington state Department of Ecology.

• Cherry Point Aquatic Reserve: A Special Place, which will be presented by Roberta Davenport of the Washington state Department of Natural Resources.

• Forage Fish and Cherry Point Herring. Presenters will be Kurt Stick of Washington state Department of Fish and Wildlife and Tessa Francis of Puget Sound Institute at the University of Washington, Tacoma.

Coffee and tea will be provided. Participants can bring a sack lunch or buy a $5 pizza lunch.

Speaker biographies and more information are online at re-sources.org.